Glendora Cross Country

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Preview: Sierra League #1

This is where it begins.

Saturday invites are fun and exciting, but our most important races are the league meets.  These meets count!

The Sierra League has traditionally been a very strong, so much so that last year, Ayala finished third in our league and went on to finish third in CIF Div II and fourth in the state in Div II!  Going into the meet, we and Ayala, who have both been ranked in CIF Div II, are the favorites, with Chino Hills slotted third and Diamond Bar, Damien, and Chino looking to move up.  Individually, the top returning runner’s are Ayala senior Tyler Reed, who is the former course record holder, Tartan senior Corey Bullock, and Chino senior Armando Villalobos.  But of course, none of this matters once the gun goes off – it’s all about who gets to the line first about 16 minutes later.

The six Sierra League schools compete at three levels for boys and two for girls.  Race times:  Boys JV – 4:15;  Girls JV – 4:20;  Boys Frosh/Soph – 4:50;  Girls Varsity – 5:20;  Boys Varsity – 5:50.

All athletes will travel to the meet on the bus which will leave from GHS on Circle Drive at 2:25 and athletes will be released from class at 2:15.  Athletes should eat a full lunch and bring a snack to eat two hours before their race and plenty of water to drink throughout the day.  Athletes may return home on the bus or with their parents, but only after the conclusion of the meet.

You can find full meet information at the “2008 Annotated Schedule” link on the right of this page, but just to highlight, remember that Bonelli Park has an $8 per car entry fee.  The nearest free parking is in the Park and Ride lot just west of the freeway and the Via Verde/Raging Waters offramp.

Time to win, Tartans.

Team Photos – Tues 10/7

Our annual team photo is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 at 3:15.  Each athlete should arrive wearing his uniform singlet and shorts.  No one is required to purchase the photos but all are required to be in the photo.  The envelopes with ordering information were passed out at Monday’s training session, but more are available.

We will have our regular training session afterwards, so athletes should count on finishing about 45 minutes later than usual.

Woodbridge 9/20

Report: Sunny Hills – Hot! Hawt! Hot!

The Sunny Hills Invitational lived up to its name on Saturday, as 32 Tartans competed over three hilly miles under the hot, hot sun.  Our results were pretty hot as well – we finished second overall, defeating two higher ranked D II teams, and four of our runners picked up top ten medals.

Our leading performances came from seniors Corey Bullock and Christopher Ramsey, and soph Anthony Castro.  Corey was 4th in the senior race, and sixth overall.  His 15:49 moved him up the 5th All Time Performer for GHS on this course.  Chris was 10th in that race, 17th overall, and 8th AT GHS with a 16:20.  Anthony’s 16:21 was good for 3rd among sophs, 18th overall, and equal 9th AT GHS.  Freshman Austin Mendoza was 9th in his race with a time of 18:02.

This week’s course was generally about 30-40 seconds slower than Woodbridge, which meant that only three athletes recorded XC PR’s, senior Robert Haburn, junior Johnny Garcia, and freshman Josh Holt, who improved a whopping 4:02 with his 21:41!  Compared to last year, sophs Ryan Kabala and Chris Shaffer made the biggest improvements, running, respectively, 3:53 and 5:36 faster.  Junior Neill Netzeband (16:57), soph Kelly Hernandez (17:13), senior Joel Cloud (18:54), and soph Raymond Shipman (20:51) also turned in strong efforts.

Complete results are here, GHS results are here, and the download with times and splits are here: 9-27-08-sunnyhills pdf Update:  Corey, Chris and the Tartans get a short mention in this XC article from the SGV Trib.

And now, the real season begins with Thursday’s Sierra League cluster meet.

Preview: Sunny Hills

Update:  There is a $5 per car parking fee at Craig Park.

Sunny Hills is a nice, bite size meet following the Claimjumper + Coldstone + Vente supersized proportions of Woodbridge.  The meet features thirty-nine schools racing 3 miles on a moderately rolling course.

This meet is a long time tradition for GHS, as shown by the depth and bredth of our Top 10 performers list for this course.  Our whole team will compete in the four class divisions, with several of our newer team members making their debuts.

Last year’s meet, somewhat ironically, was held in the rain, wind and mud, which slowed the times.  But the conditions didn’t hold back the Tartans from success with a second place finish to eventual State Meet finalists Valencia.  Individually, Anthony Castro was frosh champ, while Corey Bullock, Kelly Hernandez and Austin Goodheart all had top 20 finishes, and Tartan alums Thomas Finnigan and Joey Divizia went one/two in the Senior race.

This year, we have hopes of moving up one spot in the team race, and we enter the race ranked in CIF for the first time.  We’ll face D II rivals Valencia, ranked just above us, and sixth ranked Woodbridge, as well St John Bosco, who are 3rd in D III, and Sierra League rivals Damien.  We’re also looking forward to a lot of great individual performances.  You can find complete meet information, including the schedule, course map, directions and parking details by following the “2008 Annotated Schedule” link on your right

We’re Ranked!

For the first time since probably, well, like forever, our team is ranked in the CIF Top Ten.  The CIF office released the latest rankings today, and our strong performance at Woodbridge earned us the 9th spot in the Southern Section Div II rankings.

Congrats to Anthony, Austin, Chris, Corey, Joel, Kelly and Shin for a job well done!

Of course this ranking means, um, not much.  It’s a sign that we’re doing well so far, but what really matters is where we finish in our league meets and at CIF.  And we earn those results every day in our training.

So, as before, on to Sunny Hills!

You can view the complete rankings here, or download a copy here: boysgirlscrosscntrypoll.doc

Report: Woodbridge

Saturday was a great day for the Tartans competing in the biggest XC meet in the country.  8700 athletes from 207 schools from five states took part!  Our Varsity team finished fifth in the prestigious Varsity Rated race.  Of the eight teams ranked in the CIF SS Division II Top 10, taking part, the Tartans team time of 78:49 placed us fourth among them, only six seconds out of second.

Woodbridge is known for fast times, and twenty-six of our athletes set PR’s for flat, 3 mile courses.  There was a change in the course from previous years, adding probably 80 meters and two more sharp turns, making it about 12-15 seconds slower than before.  Nevertheless, there were six changes in our Top 10 Performers list for this meet.  Soph Anthony Castro led the Tartans with a fine 15:24 (16th in our race, 72nd for the meet) to move to third on the list, pushing senior Corey Bullock, who improved his best to 15:30 (20th in our race, 88th in the meet), back to fourth.  Soph Austin Goodheart moved up to fifth with his 15:36.  Seniors Chris Ramsey (15:57, 7th) and Joel Gillett (16:19, 9th) and soph Kelly Hernandez (16:52, 10th) all entered the list for the first time.

Among our first year runners, there were big PR’s from frosh Chris Vega (19:32, -:42) and Ross Brunett (19:49, -:45) and sophs Jon Carlo Nunez (20:21, -2:01), Keyur Lad (20:54, -1:10) and R.J. O’Young (22:28, -1:56).  Among our returning runners, the biggest improvements came from sophs Ryan Kabala (17:56, -:41), Nick Orozco (19:38, -:57) and Chris Shaffer (20:12, -:53), and we should note that Ryan improved 3:29 and Chris a whopping 4:39 from the same meet last year!

You can download the pdf with our times and splits: 9-20-08-woodbridge, the page on our team stat site is here, and you can view complete meet results here – each race is a separate pdf, and we’re in the Blue Division.  The meet management has video and photo gallery here, (update), and the frosh race and soph race are now up.

So, a great day for the Tartans, now on to Sunny Hills!

Preview: Woodbridge

The Woodbridge Invitational is big. Big. Not big in distance – it’s still three miles – but big in the number of teams, the depth of the competition, and quality at the top. It’s just a really big deal. Nearly 200 schools from all over California and at least four other states will take part, including all of our Sierra League rivals, so this meet will let us know where we stand. Our girls team will also take part. The DyeStatCal preview will be linked here when it is published.

We’ll compete in six different races, the four class divisions, the novice race, and the Varsity Rated race for our top seven. You can download a list of who is in what race here: woodbridge (pdf) Check the Annotated Schedule for complete information, especially the link for parking, which can be a big hassle if you don’t know where to go.

This is our third time competing at Woodbridge, and of our returning runners, senior Corey Bullock and soph Anthony Castro did particularly well last year.  We’re looking forward to great performances from both of them and we’re excited to see how our athletes will play on this big stage.

Go Tartans.

Don Bosco 9/13

Click twice to enlarge.  Thanks to Steve Brunett